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Celtic have renewed their interest in Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson after the £2.5m-rated 25-year-old failed to settle at Nantes after joining the French top-flight club from Ajax in the summer. (Daily Record, print edition)

Sporting Lisbon have placed a £1m loan fee on 20-year-old Celtic target Carlos Mane, with Bournemouth, Legia Warsaw, Monaco and Marseille also having enquired about taking the Portugal Under-21 winger on a 12-month loan with an option to buy. (The Sun)external-link

Celtic have further assessed Walsall midfielder Romaine Sawyers, having had the 24-year-old watched in his team's 1-0 FA Cup win over Brentford on Saturday. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes looks set to push for a loan move to Scottish Championship promotion hopefuls Hibernian despite interest from top-flight outfits Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (The Sun, print edition)

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in action for Iceland
Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, presently with Nantes, is being linked with Celtic

Rangers are considering a move for St Johnstone striker Michael O'Halloran, with scout Frank McParland having watched the 24-year-old in Scottish Cup action against Kilmarnock on Saturday.(The Sun)external-link

Rangers hope to sign Barnet striker Matt Stevens in the summer, the 17-year-old being out of contract at the end of the season despite breaking into the English League Two club's first team. (Get West London)external-link

Martyn Waghorn's hat-trick in Rangers' 5-1 Scottish Cup victory over Cowdenbeath on Sunday has made the 25-year-old striker the UK's top goalscorer with a total of 25 from 27 appearances.(The National)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes that Martyn Waghorn is finally delivering on the promise that once persuaded Leicester City to pay £3m to prise him from Sunderland as a talented teenager. (Daily Record)external-link

Martyn Waghorn has set his sights on becoming only the second Rangers player in the last half century to score 40 goals in a season, with former manager Ally McCoist having notched 42 goals during the 1987-88 season and 49 in the 1992-93 season, and the Englishman believes he could also score as many in Scotland's top flight.(The Herald)external-link

Motherwell striker Scott McDonald has lauded James McFadden after the former Scotland forward made his first appearance for their side as a substitute in their Scottish Cup win over Cove Rangers and urged the 32-year-old to extend his stay at Fir Park instead of completing his expected move to Philadelphia Union. (The Scotsman)external-link

Airdrieonians goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson
Airdrieonians had a bid from Dundee United for Rohan Ferguson before the teams' weekend meeting

Dundee United made a bid for Airdrieonians goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson only days before the Scottish Premiership side beat the Diamonds 1-0 in the Scottish Cup on Saturday despite a fine performance by the 18-year-old. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hamilton Academical defender Darian MacKinnon says the players are to blame and not under-pressure manager Martin Canning for the Premiership side's 4-1 Scottish Cup hammering by League Two outfit Annan Athletic on Saturday. (The Herald)external-link

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum has accused Aberdeen of "poor sportsmanship" during a heated conclusion to his side's Scottish Cup victory on Saturday.(The Scotsman)external-link


Former Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen will be confirmed on Monday as the director of rugby at London Scottish for the rest of the season while retaining his role within Scottish Rugby as the head of international age-grades - and former Edinburgh forward Roddy Grant will become forwards coach.(The Herald)external-link

Summer rugby and an integrated, synchronised global schedule - requiring the Six Nations to be switched to August - is needed to protect players and improve standards in the game, according to Edinburgh's veteran coach Alan Solomons. (The Courier)external-link

Saturday's heavy defeat by Racing 92 will prompt Glasgow Warriors into a strategy rethink in their next European Champions Cup pool game against Northampton Saints. (The Scotsman)external-link

Kevin Koe's Canadian team beat fellow former world champion Thomas Ulsrud's Norwegian rink in the Mercure City of Perth Masters title decider at the Dewar's Centre. (The Herald)external-link

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